The witches, they are real...
A series of bizarre assaults is mystifying Boston police: an unknown attacker is viciously beating random strangers and leaving a note quoting an old warning about witchcraft. History professor Alex Maple was one of the victims, and now he's gone missing. Vickie Preston is certain that someone has taken her friend for malicious purposes. She's having blood-drenched visions that seem to be staining her waking life, and the escalating attacks suggest that a dangerous cult is at work behind the scenes—a cult so powerful that its members would rather die than be apprehended.
Vickie is grateful to have Special Agent Griffin Pryce and the FBI's elite Krewe of Hunters on her side. Vickie and Griffin are finding their way in an increasingly passionate relationship, and he's keeping her safe and sane amid the disturbing investigation. The search for Alex will take them deep into the wilderness of Massachusetts on the trail of a serial killer, where an ancient evil is waking.
The Krewe of Hunters is the one of the very few paranormal series that I have followed and enjoyed. And Dark Rites is as filled with interesting history, enchanting tales of life, and characters that captured my interest.
It also had witches, cults, and satanism and that is not my thing at all, and I admit some of the scenes even made me feel a bit uncomfortable.
Usually, a new book in this series means we get to know a new hero and heroine. For this one, last book's protagonists get to solve another set of mysteries, while the relationship between them deepen, and the feelings take even more passionate root. Vickie Preston and Griffin Pryce has a great chemistry between them and definitely carry this story well.
Vickie is a historian, an author, with a big heart and tendency to get involved in the trouble brewing around her. She is smart, able to put together difficult puzzles of information in her head, and not afraid to face the danger. Griffin, the protective FBI agent, is the perfect mate to Vickie. They get each other, they support each other, they understand the preasure and need to get the job done and the bad guys caught, yet they make sure to take stolen moments for themselves, and enjoy life as well.
What delighted me with the story was the surprisingly light and flirty atmosphere between Vickie and Griffin, it is a bit atypical for these intense stories with death, drama, and ghosts. But it lightens the otherwise
so gloomy tale, and even had me laughing out loud couple times.
This story might not be my personal favorite in the series, but still vastly entertaining, hair-raisingly spooky, filled with danger, threats, and peril.
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me